Our February Student of the Month is Emily Haaksma! She is an involved community member who perpetuates a sense of community. She completed her 200 hour teacher training with us and has remained very active as you can find her here practicing most days of the week and staying after class to help with cleaning the floors. Emily regularly volunteers her time to our monthly service projects and community events. On the mat Emily is attentive, aware and focused. She takes her yoga off of the mat to engage and welcome new comers. Her warm and friendly nature make her a true light here at the studio, we are so grateful for her presence! To learn more about Emily read on…
What inspires you to continue yoga?
So many things inspire me to continue my yoga practice! First and foremost is the incredible space that ACY offers: this radical community is so special and teaches me new things every day about what it means to be authentically political and live truthfully. A more mundane thing would be how wonderful it feels to move through an asana practice! If I’ve had a good day yoga is an opportunity to move my body in celebration, and if I’ve had a more challenging day yoga is an opportunity to heal.
What is your favorite pose?
My favorite pose is Virabhadrasana II because I love the opportunity to get really into alignment cues and it always makes me feel super strong! I also love the feeling of being pulled in both directions by my fingertips.
How has Yoga changed your life?
I truly believe that yoga has made me a better person. I had a religious studies professor in college who always jokingly claimed that Buddhism is just lessons in “how to not be an asshole,” and the same fundamental premise rings true in my yoga practice. How can I offer up love in difficult situations? How can I live a life in service? How can I be intentional and not be an asshole? After recently completing ACY’s teacher training I have come to the conclusion that teaching yoga is a part of my purpose, and I am excited to continue to grow and share through this newfound facet of my practice.
Is there a recurring theme that runs through your yoga practice?
Service! What am I finding in my asana practice that I can take with me off of the mat?
If you could share one practice that has helped you the most, what would it be?
Non-Attachment! Yoga has taught me that simply letting go and breathing into difficult situations is so helpful!
How did you find Asheville Community Yoga.
It is the only donation based studio in Asheville!